By By Ernie Stephens, Editor-at-Large | August 11, 2014
Russian Helicopters has announced that on August 8, Kazan Helicopters opened a new painting and finishing shop at its manufacturing base in Moscow. The RUB 467 million ($13 million) facility represents the company's continuing effort to increase its production output, as well as its competitiveness in the global rotorcraft market.
The new shop houses a variety of state-of-the-art equipment, including seven paint ovens, a pre-painting preparation chamber, and sophisticated equipment to regulate temperature and humidity during adhesion operations. Prior to the construction of the new facility, helicopters had to be painted in areas that were not segregated from other areas of the factory.
“The construction of the new workshop was driven by the plant’s increased production volumes,” said Vadim Ligai, general director of Kazan Helicopters and deputy CEO of Russian Helicopters. “Using new paint ovens will shorten the helicopter painting cycle by an average of 25-30 percent, increase application quality, and improve working conditions.
Kazan Helicopters builds the Mi-8 and Mi-17 series of aircraft, which are operated in more than 100 countries worldwide. Preparations are underway to launch production of the Mi-38 passenger transport helicopter. The company also has a light, twin-engine helicopter called the Ansat in series production.
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